Well....I guess a 'Hi All!' is in place given that this is my first post in this place. I ended up on these forums seeking some advice on cycling in the US as I recently migrated here from the Netherlands.
Anyway, on with the post.
For a long time now I have been playing with the notion of having my Helix pierced (in my case, somewhere in the 'folded back' rim along the edge of your ear). For me, the main reasons are
1) a style experiment, I like the notion, I like the looks and if I don't like it, the scar is hardly visible (the insurance policy)
2) I just came out of a nasty phase of my life, luckily very much on top (more luck than wisdom), and want a reminder of that.
3) Most of the people I talked with think it would look good on me.. (that was the final push...other people agree with my opinion)
However, for me the delay was in the fact that I was unsure of what other people would think. Of course, you can say 'screw them!' but we all need other people, and that first impression does matter. Also, I work as a scientist at the US dept. of agriculture, so this is not the place where everybody has piercings and tattoos.
Recently I decided to just go for it, consequences be damned, and get it done. Furthermore, I decided that, in keeping with my image, I'd go for something simple, not flashy at all so hopefully 80% of the people won't even notice when talking to me. If you want to form your own opinion on this, I added a picture of me....I needed a shave, wasn't having too much fun (clubbing in the US sucks...we're sorry ) and I lean to the right becaue I was standing next to a very small girl..
What I'd like to know i whether anybody else has some experiences with this? Bad reactions? Employers going nuts?
Also, any advice on the aftercare from people who had it done before?
PS. Yes, I do ride a fixed gear bike, but no, that has nothing to do with it